Moberly Area Community College basketball used a 19-5 run to construct a lead over State Fair in the second half and never stopped building. The Roadrunners (12-5) allowed Moberly to shoot 75 percent in the second half and lost by a final score of 86-58 Wednesday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center at SFCC. It is State Fair’s fourth loss in five games.
Head coach Kevin Thomas said State Fair’s inability to match the Greyhound’s intensity led to their dismal second half.
“They played a lot harder than we did,” Thomas said. “We didn’t hustle, we didn’t go after loose balls, we didn’t get back in transition, offensively, we struggled to score and defensively, we were just kind of out there.”
Moberly guard Chris Clark scored a game-high 22 points and had six rebounds and two assists. Ronnie Rousseau III led State Fair with 20 points on 4 of 12 shooting and was 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
After trailing by 5 points at halftime, the Roadrunners tied the game at 41 on a layup from Willie Jimerson Jr. Moberly then limited State Fair to 5 points in as many minutes as their offense surged.
Rashad Lindsey and Daniel Dzierzawski hit back-to-back threes for Moberly early in the second half. Muusa Dama, a Greyhound forward from Benin, West Africa, capitalized on cuts to the basket with slam dunks.
Dzierzawski finished with 13 points, while Dama had 10 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
The Greyhounds (16-4) piled onto their lead with fast-breaks and solid defense. They allowed just five Roadrunner field goals in the second half as State Fair shot just 20 percent.
Rousseau III, State Fair’s leading scorer, entered the contest averaging nearly 24 points per game. Half of his 20-point production came at the free throw line in the second half.
The Roadrunners were outscored 51-28 in the second half. Thomas said the overall defensive effort has to increase.
“Overall, the biggest thing for us is on the defensive end,” Thomas said. “Our effort on defense, our effort to guard and play the right way was just atrocious.
“It was not really technical. It was just effort.”
State Fair hosts Missouri State University-West Plains at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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